Emmy Awards Nominations: Ricky Gervais, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance Among British Contenders

The Emmy Awards nominations were announced this afternoon in Los Angeles, and first glance at the list reveals an impressive number of British names in their with the cream of America's small-screen listers.

Hugh Bonneville, Emma Thompson, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance and Ricky Gervais are all among those given a nod across the categories. While 'Downton Abbey''s fervour may have abated in the UK, it seems it can still find approval overseas, with yet another nod in the Best Drama Series shortlist, as well as nominations for Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt in the acting categories.

It's a particularly strong category, however, with the period drama competing against the likes of HBO behemoth 'Game of Thrones', Netflix favourite 'Orange is the New Black' and curtain-closer 'Mad Men', which came to a moving finale earlier this year after seven seasons.

'Game of Thrones' is the call-out leader so far, with a whopping 24 nominations, including for our very own Dame Diana Rigg in the Guest Actress, Drama category. And 'Mad Men' will surely be receiving a lot of sign-off love, with fond farewells and nods for its two leads, Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss. And Jon Hamm has got another tip, as Guest Actor for his role in Netflix comedy 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'.

Ricky Gervais has been given the nod for his role of residential home worker, Derek, in the comedy-drama of the same name. He's up against fellow Brits David Oyelowo for 'Nightingale' and Mark Rylance for his stunning portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's blockbuster 'Wolf Hall'.

Mark's co-star Damian Lewis has also been nominated for his role of Henry VIII in the same saga - he faces equally robust competition, most clearly in the form of Bill Murray in 'Olive Kitteridge'.

Emma Thompson has been recognised for her role in 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' - she's up against stiff competition with the likes of Maggie Gyllenhaal for 'The Honourable Woman' and Frances McDormand for 'Olive Ketteridge'.

The full list of nominations here as they're announced... supporting roles to come:

Outstanding Drama Series:

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Comedy Series:


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Michael Kelly, House Of Cards

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Louis CK, Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Outstanding Actor in a Mini-series or Movie:

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Adrien Brody, Houdini

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ricky Gervias, Derek

Outstanding Actress in a Mini-series or Movie:

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Live from Lincoln Center

Supporting Actress, Drama:

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Man Men

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Guest Actor, Drama:

Alan Alda, The Blacklist

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

F. Murray Abraham, Homeland

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Beau Bridges, Masters Of Sex

Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is The New Black

Guest Actress, Drama:

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Rachel Brosnahan, House Of Cards

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex

Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Supporting Actor, Comedy:

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress, Comedy:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Guest Actor, Comedy:

Mel Brooks, The Comedians

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Guest Actress, Comedy:

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls

Pamela Adlon, Louie

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie:

Richard Cabral, American Crime

Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie:

Regina King, American Crime

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Mo’Nique, Bessie

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Television Movie:

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case


Grace Of Monaco

Hello Ladies: The Movie

Killing Jesus


Outstanding Reality Competition Series:

Amazing Race

Dancing with the Stars

Project Runway

So you think you can dance

Top Chef

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Limited Series:

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Olive Kitteridge

The Honorable Woman

Wolf Hall

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on 20 September 2015.

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